Life and Style

Fast food restaurant McDonald’s has advised its own staff that a burger, fries and soft drink is an “unhealthy choice”.

Obama: I got the sucker

Barack Obama has proved before a coast-to-coast television audience that he can act as his own SWAT team if his personal space - if not America’s national security - unexpectedly comes under threat. In this instance we are not talking foreign terrorists or recalcitrant Republicans, but a fly that wanted to share some air time with him.

Brawl Street: Jon Stewart versus Jim Cramer

It was given all the billing and pre-match hype of a heavyweight boxing bout. After a week-long feud that has consumed discussion on the internet and TV, the top US satirist and the nation's pre-eminent stock market pundit went head-to-head on prime-time television, and viewers have spent the past 24 hours scoring the fight.

Question Time: Emma Crosby, Presenter

Work: Emma Crosby, 31, recently left Sky News to replace Fiona Phillips on the GMTV sofa. She co-presents with Andrew Castle

Life: In a relationship; lives in south-west London

Balance: Skiing, yoga and seeing friends and family

Amid the TV turmoil, it's always good news at CNBC

Advertising may be falling off a cliff across the industry, says Raymond Snoddy, but there's no slowdown at the global business channel

Bryson's America: Commercials? Give me a break

THERE IS an advert running on American television at the moment that says something like: "The new Dodge Backfire. Rated number one against the Chrysler Inert for handling. Rated number one against the Plymouth Repellent for mileage. Rated number one against the Ford Eczema for repair costs."

Anwar's tapes shown on TV

IN A SERIES of secret video tapes, recorded hours before his arrest, the Malaysian opposition leader, Anwar Ibrahim, accused the Prime Minister, Mahathir Mohamad, of using government projects to enrich his friends and family and compared him to the fallen Indonesian dictator, Suharto.

Troops surround Anwar's family

SUPPORTERS OF the imprisoned Malaysian opposition leader, Anwar Ibrahim, were struggling to keep his movement for reform alive yesterday, as soldiers and riot police surrounded his home and threatened to arrest his wife.

Dow Jones to merge television channel with CNBC

Dow Jones and CNBC are today expected to announce a merger of their TV operations in Europe and Asia. The move, which has been in the pipeline for some time, will see European Business News and CNBC Europe, the 24-hour business TV channels, fusing into a single entity.

Media: Can a cut-glass Brit cut Kitty Kelley to the quick? Not if she sees him coming

British journalists in the US have a new role now: talking Kitty Kelley or even talking to Kitty Kelley. Our man's moment came on the high- profile Gerraldo show. Stiletto in hand he went off to puncture the sycophancy of her media round. Did she see him coming? Did she see him off? Or did she set him off on a path to new visibility in mobile homes from coast to coast?

Direct Finance: This area is secure

Ken Welsby and John Hancock on investment over the Internet

Super Channel to expand in Asia

NBC Super Channel, the US-owned international cable and satellite television channel, is to launch an Asian service next month, out of Hong Kong.

Body Shop ally quits magazine: Attack 'was unbalanced and questionable'

BEN COHEN, founder of the Ben and Jerry's ice-cream firm, resigned yesterday from the advisory board of Businesss Ethics magazine in protest at its attack this week on the Body Shop.
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A timely reminder of the bloody anniversary we all forgot

A timely reminder of the bloody anniversary we all forgot

Who remembers that this week we enter the 150th anniversary year of the end of the American Civil War, asks Robert Fisk
Homeless Veterans appeal: Former soldiers pay their respects to a friend who also served

Homeless Veterans appeal

Former soldiers pay their respects to a friend who also served
Downfall of Dustin 'Screech' Diamond, the 'Saved By The Bell' star charged with bar stabbing

Scarred by the bell

The downfall of the TV star charged with bar stabbing
Why 2014 was a year of technological let-downs

Why 2014 was a year of technological let-downs

Security breaches and overhyped start-ups dominated a year in which very little changed (save the size of your phone)
Cuba's golf revolution: But will the revolutionary nation take 'bourgeois' game to its heart?

Will revolutionary Cuba take 'bourgeois' golf to its heart?

Fidel Castro ridiculed the game – but now investment in leisure resort projects is welcome
The Locked Room Mysteries: As a new collection of the genre’s best is published, its editor Otto Penzler explains the rules of engagement

The Locked Room Mysteries

As a new collection of the genre’s best is published, its editor explains the rules of engagement
Amy Adams on playing painter Margaret Keane in Tim Burton's Big Eyes

How I made myself Keane

Amy Adams hadn’t wanted to take the role of artist Margaret Keane, because she’d had enough of playing victims. But then she had a daughter, and saw the painter in a new light
Ed Richards: Parting view of Ofcom chief. . . we hate jokes on the disabled

Parting view of Ofcom chief... we hate jokes on the disabled

Bad language once got TV viewers irate, inciting calls to broadcasting switchboards. But now there is a worse offender, says retiring head of the media watchdog, Ed Richards
A look back at fashion in 2014: Wear in review

Wear in review

A look back at fashion in 2014
Ian Herbert: My 10 hopes for sport in 2015. Might just one of them happen?

Ian Herbert: My 10 hopes for sport in 2015

Might just one of them happen?
War with Isis: The West needs more than a White Knight

The West needs more than a White Knight

Despite billions spent on weapons, the US has not been able to counter Isis's gruesome tactics, says Patrick Cockburn
Return to Helmand: Private Davey Graham recalls the day he was shot by the Taliban

'The day I was shot by the Taliban'

Private Davey Graham was shot five times during an ambush in 2007 - it was the first, controversial photograph to show the dangers our soldiers faced in Helmand province
Revealed: the best and worst airlines for delays

Revealed: the best and worst airlines for delays

Many flyers are failing to claim compensation to which they are entitled, a new survey has found
The stories that defined 2014: From the Scottish independence referendum to the Ice Bucket Challenge, our writers voice their opinions

The stories that defined 2014

From the Scottish independence referendum to the Ice Bucket Challenge, our writers voice their opinions
Stoke-on-Trent becomes first British city to be classified as 'disaster resilient' by the United Nations

Disaster looming? Now you know where to head...

Which British city has become the first to be awarded special 'resilience' status by the UN?